Sheathe your sword, draw your deck, and get ready for Hearthstone - the fast paced strategy card game that's easy to learn and massively fun. Start a free game on Battle.net and play your cards to sling spells, summon creatures, and command the heroes of Warcraft in duels of epic strategy.
- Build a deck of digital cards and take on random opponents in duel play
- Craft your own cards from unwanted extras to get the cards you really need
- Play as one of 9 WoW classes in matches full of Blizzard's trademark sound and art styles
Hearthstone lets you choose one of 9 classes from World of Warcraft, such as warlock or rogue, and build a deck of abilities and summonable creatures you'd recognize from Azeroth. Gameplay focuses on 1 vs 1 duels, and players take turns using mana to cast spells and deal damage to your opponent or his creatures. Mana ramps up per turn automatically - no lands to deal with - but there are abilities which can increase your ramp. Another gameplay aspect to note is that damage is permanent over turns, so healing units to keep them alive becomes very important.
You build your deck from opening packs, and Rob Pardo said it was very important to keep the experience of cracking that pack of five cards as satisfying as it is for Magic players. The video Pardo showed displayed each card hovering, and you're able to pick the one that's turned over first. One neat touch is a glow effect showing around rare or legendary cards. There's currently 300 cards in the game, and you'll recognize fan favorite summonable characters like Ragnaros the Firelord and Hogger, who spawns a 2/2 gnoll every turn.
Hearthstone is free to play, and you can buy decks of cards. The current price is about $1 per 5 card pack, but that's not set in stone. If you get a run of bad luck in the cards you don't want, you will be able to disenchant cards in your collection, converting them to arcane dust, and then craft new cards. Pardo showed this process in action, and crafted Deathwing, a 12/12 creature that's "one of the most powerful cards in the game."